If you’re searching for a new bed to buy for your toddler, then you may be thinking about getting a toddler-sized bed. It makes sense to get a bed that size for your little one, right? They’re small and they don’t need that much space sleep on. It gradually helps them to adjust to a “big kid” bed. But here’s the thing. If you buy a toddler-size bed. it may be a waste of money in the long run.
Our sleep situation got complicated when my daughter turned two. She rarely slept in her crib because she slept much better in bed with me when she was an infant. But as my daughter got a little older, it was getting harder to sleep with her. She did this thing where she wanted to cuddle right up next to me at night. But she would also get mad if she couldn’t stretch her feet out because I’d be in the way. It was almost impossible to sleep with her at night. In fact, my husband and I always joke about how she is a bully in bed. She would kick and punch me of that sort if something was not contented to her sleep needs.
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It was getting to the point where I was waking up every few hours at night. It felt like I had a newborn again and that was not fun! So I did something about it.
I’m not writing this to deter you from buying a toddler bed. It might be the right size for you and your family because maybe your toddler needs to adjust to a slightly bigger bed. Because maybe they already sleep in their own crib. But my daughter was used to sleeping in our queen-sized bed. So that is where I decided to get a bigger bed for my toddler and here is why.
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She was already used to sleeping in a queen-sized bed.
My daughter slept in our bed every night. I had this feeling that she would hate a toddler-sized bed because she never slept well in her crib. She moves around a lot in her sleep. And when she became more mobile as an infant, she would always wake herself up by hitting herself on the wooden slats of the crib. It became a hassle every night trying to get her to sleep in her own crib when I knew that she slept much better with me.
I had many issues with anxiety.
At that time, I was only worried about the sake of my own sanity. I don’t function well with little sleep so I picked and chose my own battles. Any time my daughter slept in her crib, I always worried about her constantly. So co-sleeping with my little one helped me to sleep better at night knowing that she was safe with me.
Your toddler will have a smaller chance of falling out of bed.
The main reason I bought a bigger bed for my toddler was because I knew that she would have more room to move around in. We had bought a full-size mattress from the link below and it’s surprisingly comfy for the price we got it for. So far, she has not fallen out of bed once. But if you worry about your toddler falling off the bed, then you might consider buying one of these pull-out bed rails to keep them from falling out of bed.
Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full
She will be able to grow into her bed.
This is another factor of why we bought a full-sized bed. I felt that if I were to buy a toddler-sized bed then she would just grow out of it within the next year or two and we would’ve had to spend more money on a new bed. So, financially, it made sense to skip the small bed.
You can easily switch between your bed and theirs if you don’t want your kid to sleep in your bed.
So, the other reason we were buying a bigger bed is so that I could sleep in it too. I still don’t mind co-sleeping with my daughter, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough room to sleep there too. My husband gets up for work very early in the morning. And we both knew that it was best for her to sleep in her own room so that he wouldn’t wake her in the mornings. She’s a light sleeper. I have to say that it’s nice not having to worry about her sleeping in our bed. She doesn’t mind having her own room and I think she likes it better this way.
So where can you buy a bigger bed without breaking the piggy bank?
If you’re on a budget, you can buy a full-sized mattress as Walmart for under $200. We bought the 8 inch spring mattress with gel-memory foam. (Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full) I took my chances with buying a mattress online by checking out the reviews and they were surprisingly positive. After placing the order online, the shipping was free and delivery is only two days. I was pretty happy about that. The bed comes rolled up into a package.
The package was really heavy.
So the downside to this is that the package is very heavy. But it wasn’t so heavy that we needed help. My husband was able to get the package upstairs by himself. The upside to it is that it is very easy to unpack. Cut the plastic open and it immediately blows up into it’s full size. They recommend to wait 48 hours for it to fully conform. But I took it out of the package around noon and my daughter slept in her bed that night.
The other downside to the mattress is there is a smell to it once its open. You can either let it air out in a couple of days or you can buy a waterproof mattress cover below. I recommend that you buy one anyways in case they wet the bed.
DMI Zippered Plastic Mattress Cover Protector, Waterproof, Full Size, White
So, how does your toddler adjust to a new bed?
Overall, my daughter loves her new bed. The first night she slept in it, I got her adjusted by showing her her new bed. You can lay on it, talk to each other, read books, and tell her that this is her new bed and that she will be sleeping here from now on. You can always make it a huge thing for them because toddlers can easily get excited about these kinds of things if you just make it fun for them. This is a big deal for your toddler and I’m sure that it is for you too. It also helps too if you decorate their room and make them realize that this is their space. So make it inviting by using kid-friendly décor. Check out this post I wrote for toddler room decor inspiration.
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